Metzalin Le’Atzirath Geshamim.

AUCTION 88 | Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm
K2 Online Sale: Hebrew & Judaic Books and Manuscripts

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Lot 166

Metzalin Le’Atzirath Geshamim.

<<Manuscript>> in Hebrew, written in a neat Italian semi-cursive hand. Final page in Italian, dated. pp. 9. Wax-candle stains. Later wrappers. Sm. folio.

(Italy): 1613

Est: $400 - $600
Prayer composed by the Provençal Hebrew poet Saul Caspi, and recited during a time of drought or to halt flooding rains. This prayer-poem, Eshpoch KaYam Mei Dema’oth is intense. It opens with the stanza: (“Tears pour like the sea/ Clad in horrors and fears/ Innumerable evils have encircled me/ Will the Lord perhaps act?”). The compositions by Saul Caspi (c. 1600) are included in various siddurim such as the Italian rite Seder HaTephillah (Mantua, 1676) and Seder Le’Arba Tzomoth KeMinhag Carpentras (Amsterdam, 1762). See Israel Davidson, Otzar HaShirah VehaPiyut Vol. I, p. 369, no. 8148.